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CLEVELAND -- Every fifth day, Indians manager Terry Francona knows hell get innings, maximum effort and nothing but smiles from his No. 1 starter. And he usually gets something more important from Justin Masterson -- a win. "Theres an expectation," Francona said. "Hes earned that." Masterson managed to hang around for 6 1-3 innings and win for the sixth time at home, leading Cleveland to a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. Masterson (9-5) sidestepped trouble in the first few innings without giving up any runs and improved to 6-1 with a 2.29 ERA in nine starts at Progressive Field. The affable right-hander struck out eight while allowing two runs and nine hits. Only Detroits Max Scherzer has more wins in the AL than Masterson, who has been one of the few constants on a streaky Indians squad. "On the day he pitches, we feel pretty good," said Francona, who managed Masterson in Boston. "Hes earned that, for us to feel that way. His consistency with his stuff this year has been tremendous and we always know about his willingness to compete. Its fun to watch. "Ive got to try not to get caught up in how fond I am of him when hes pitching because when he comes off Im always smiling at him. Its hard not to." Michael Brantley hit a pair of solo homers and drove in three runs for the up-and-down Indians, who moved within 3 1/2 games of first-place Detroit in the AL Central. Mike Aviles drove in two runs and Michael Bourn scored twice for Cleveland, which has won six of eight after dropping eight in a row. Unable to get a hit for four innings off Luis Mendoza (2-4), Brantley homered in the fifth and the Indians added three runs in the sixth. Brantley connected again in the eighth. The Royals won the series opener, but dropped the final two and made some critical mistakes that cost them. "We feel we gave one away last night," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "Tonight was a different story. They just beat us." Masterson, as close to an ace as the Indians have in their rotation, is 5-0 in his last six starts at home and has won nine of his past 13 decisions in Cleveland. "Its nice," he said. "Its probably because I get to hang out with my wife and daughter before the game. It just seems to work out. I dont know what the science is behind it. My bad games have all come on the road." It wasnt a certainty he would survive the first few innings as the Royals put two runners on in the first and second but failed to score. Kansas City stranded eight runners in the first five innings and Masterson got a big defensive play by first baseman Mark Reynolds to get out of a pickle in the fourth. Masterson was lifted in the seventh, and although he was far from dominant, Indians fans gave him a warm ovation as he headed to the dugout. "Masterson is our ace, no question about it," Brantley said. "When our ace throws, weve got to win those games. He threw great tonight and kept us in the ballgame and thats all you can ask." The Indians, who have struggled to score lately, didnt get their first hit off Mendoza until the fifth and then chased the right-hander during their three-run sixth. With two on and none out, Aviles hit a ball to deep left that probably should have been caught by Alex Gordon, but the two-time Gold Glove winner dropped it, allowing Drew Stubbs to score and tie it at 2. "Its a ball that needs to be caught, especially in that situation," Gordon said. "It was towards the wall but it was off my glove and I should have caught it. No question. It would have been a big out and could have changed the inning around." Jason Kipnis followed with a well-timed bunt single to load the bases and Mendoza threw four straight balls to Carlos Santana, forcing in Bourn with the go-ahead run. Tim Collins then came in and allowed Brantleys sacrifice fly that made it 4-2, but after giving up a single, he kept the Royals within two by striking out pinch hitter Ryan Raburn and getting Lonnie Chisenhall on a groundout. However, the Indians tacked on an insurance run in the seventh when Bourn doubled, stole third and scored on Aviles fly ball to right. Cleveland also got solid relief work from Bryan Shaw, who pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Mendoza, who had just one win in his previous six starts, coasted through the first four innings, allowing only a two-out walk in the first. He was handling the Indians with ease and appeared in complete control. The right-hander didnt make a mistake until Brantley turned on his fastball leading off the fifth, lining a shot into the right-field seats to trim Kansas Citys lead to 2-1. "The first five innings were about as good as you can get," Yost said. "He just kind of fell apart in the sixth after Stubbs got the hit." NOTES: Francona said 1B Nick Swisher (shoulder) will hit off a tee on Thursday, take batting practice Friday and will play Saturday as long as hes pain free. ... Indians closer Chris Perez will not be activated from the disabled list on Friday as originally planned. Perez struggled with his mechanics during a rough, one-inning outing -- five runs, three homers -- at Double-A Akron on Tuesday and the club wants him to throw a bullpen session before deciding the next move. Francona said Perez probably will make another rehab appearance. ... The Royals are in a stretch of playing 13 of 15 games within the AL Central. Cheap Custom Patriots Jersey . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. Gene Washington Jersey . Pert has formerly spent time as an assistant coach with Cardiff City, Coventry City, and Bahrain mens national team. 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But Keys rallied, found her forehand and regained her confidence to win 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (3).Was it the best comeback of her young career?For sure, she said in her on-court interview. Hands down.Keys, a 21-year-old from Rock Island, Illinois, is the No. 8 seed, her highest ever at a major. She avoided following No. 3 Garbine Muguruza as a surprising first-week victim.Osaka, an 18-year-old from Japan ranked No. 81, twice served for the victory in her first match against Keys, a semifinalist at the 2015 Australian Open. She couldnt finish off Keys, however, and was wiping away tears on court after she lost her fourth straight game to allow Keys to even the third set at 5-5.Osaka, who made it to the third round at both the Australian Open and French Open this year, was playing in just her third Grand Slam tournament and first US Open.Keys moves on to face two-time US Open runner-up and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, who followed up her win over 2004 champion and No. 9 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova by defeating Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-1.Once the No. 1-ranked player in the world, Wozniacki has plummeted to 74th after a series of losses and injuries. She is back in the round of 16 at a Grand Slam for the first time since Wimbledon in 2015.IIn the days last match, No.dddddddddddd. 2 Angelique Kerber ended 17-year-old American qualifier CiCi Bellis stay at the US Open, winning 6-1, 6-1 for her tour-leading 50th match victory of 2016.Kerber, who has a chance to overtake Serena Williams at No. 1 in the rankings at tournaments end, won the Australian Open in January for her first Grand Slam title, then was the runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon in July.Kerber moves on to face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Elina Svitolina.Also Friday, No. 7 Roberta Vinci, who stopped Serena Williams Grand Slam bid a year ago in New York, needed nearly two hours to top 102nd-ranked Carina Witthoeft 6-0, 5-7, 6-3.Both Vinci, the 2012 US Open doubles champion, and Wozniacki credited their past success at Flushing Meadows with helping them now.In the end, the head does a lot, said Vinci. If you think negatively, its hard to get out of tense moments. So I try to think about what I did last year, what Ive done in other years.No. 13 Johanna Konta upset 24th-seeded Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1; and Anastasija Sevastova, the player who beat Muguruza in the second round, beat Kateryna Bondarenko 6-4, 6-1.No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova lost 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Lesia Tsurenko.The Associated Press contributed to this report. ' ' '
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